Kevin Holdridge, CPBD, CGP
Kevin Holdridge, is President of KDH Residential Designs in Charlotte, NC. Kevin is a Professional Member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and is currently the National Eastern District Director of the AIBD, as well as the Chair of the Membership Committee. On a state level, he has served on the North Carolina Society (NCS) of the AIBD Board of Directors since 2009 and is the current Vice President. He is slated to take over as President of the North Carolina Society of the AIBD in March of 2013. The current “NCS 411” monthly newsletter is written and edited by Kevin, as one of his duties as the Chair of the NCS publicity committee. Kevin is currently in the process of receiving his Certified Professional Building Designer designation through the NCBDC. He is also a member of the National Home Builders Association (NAHB) where Kevin received his Certified Green Professional (CGP) as well as his Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) designations. He is involved on a local level with the HBA of Charlotte where he sits on the Associate Council, Green Builder Council and Remodeler Council. Kevin frequently answers client questions on Green Home Guide, a website dedicated high performance homes.
Karen Kassik-Michelsohn, CPBD, CAPS, CGP
Internal Vice President
Karen Kassik-Michelsohn is a Certified Residential Designer and a Fellow of AIBD. She has been designing custom homes and remodeling existing homes for over 25 years. Karen is a partner in a Design / Build firm in Anchorage, Alaska. She has been a liaison to the National Association of Home Builders for AIBD for over 10 years. Karen was AIBD's 2014 Designer of the Year and currently holds the office of First Vice President.
External Vice President
As the principal owner of BBKern DESIGNS, Bernie Kern has developed code approved working drawings for new custom and model residential homes, multi-residential, additions, remodels, and light commercial projects for nearly 30 years. He assists clients in all stages of building design, including planning, design fees, budget, education, specifications, special services, and consultation. Over the span of 30 years he has collected his best residential plans. As a professional member of AIBD, Bernie is currently serving as president of the AIBD, Central Colorado Chapter.
Richard is a Certified Professional Building Designer and is the Past President of the California Society of the American Institute of Building Design.
He has been a member of AIBD for 24 years and has served on the State Board for the past ten years including five as the President for the Society. He has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Oregon.
He is currently the Chairperson of the National Finance Committee and Membership Chairperson for the California Society of AIBD.
Lisa Schaffer is currently the Director of Human Resources, Fin Pan, Inc./ TClear Corp. Her extensive education includes a BS in Art from Miami University – Art & Education double major, Minor in Geology and German, and an MA in Administration from Xavier University. She holds an Ohio Bookkeeping Certificate, as well as two building Material Patents and six building product developments. Lisa has eleven years experience in Education as an Art and Music Teacher and as a principal, as well as thirty one years in manufacturing, holding positions in Production, Quality Control, Product Development, Marketing, Administration and HR. She has been married to Doug Schaffer for 35 years and has two children, Ryan and Christopher, who are both involved in Fin Pan/TClear Corporation.
Michael J. Battaglia
Michael Battaglia began his career in residential design in 1975. He is a graduate of ITT Tech of Dayton with an Associate's degree in Architectural Engineering. Michael spent many years of working in architectural firms and as a staff designer for various home builders and throughout those experiences; it became clear that the profession of home design was the path he needed to follow. In 1990 Michael opened Michael J. Battaglia Residential Design providing home design service to private clients and builders. While Michael has mainly designed homes and projects for clients in Ohio, his work can be found in additional states including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. Michael's passion for residential design has been enhanced with interest in the development of the Science of Building. Michael believes Historic Design Styles and the Science of Building can coexist without having to compromise.
Newell Cheatheam, CPBD, FAIBD, TIBD
O. Newell Cheatheam, CPBD, AIBD, TIBD O. Newell Cheatheam is President of Newell’s Designs, Katy, Texas. Newell is a Certified Professional Building Designer. Registered Licensed Texas Interior Designer, and serving as National Central District Director of the AIBD since January 2014, as well as on the Marketing Committee. On a state level, he has served on Texas Institute of Building Design (T.I.B.D.) Board of Directors on and off and numerous committees since 1974. As a frequent Parade of Homes judge across the Texas, Newell has been recognized as a professional and industry leader in the design field. Over the years as a member of the National Home Builders Assoc and Greater Houston Builders Assoc. since 1976, he has served on Assoc. Council, New Membership Committee (NAHB 2014-135 Red Spike), Retention Committee, Building and Standards Committee, and Government Affairs Committee, Remodelers Council, and Bay Area Builders Assoc. Bd. He has volunteered in leadership positions of numerous non-profits assoc. in the Local and State Associations and served as Publicity Chairman for Numerous Organizations. He is a professional networker and enjoys social media.
Ted Hake, CPBD
Ted Hake is the owner of Hake Custom Design LLC in the Canton, Ohio Area with more than 20 years in business. His work received numerous awards over the years and he is currently serving as a national Director of AIBD and on the local BIA board of directors. Ted is a professional AIBD member and a Certified Professional Building Designer, as well as Certified Green Professional of the NAHB.
Chip Hudson, is the Owner of Hudson Home Designs and Portfolio Home Plans, Authorized sales agent for ArchiCad and Artlantis in Prattville, Alabama. Chip has been an expert in Residential Design for over 20 years. He is a Licensed Home builder, Certified Green Professional (CGP) and specialized in Building Information Modeling, CAD programmer, web designer, Artist and woodworking, and enjoys crafting and repurposing furniture. Over the years Chip has taught 3-D modeling to a vast array of Architectural and Design firms and also served as an adjunct at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phoenix City Alabama. As a president of the AIBD Alabama Society which he has served since 2011 he also frequently serves as a judge for the Alabama Home Builders Remodeling competition. With the success I have achieved past and present I owe much of it to the clients I have served.
Sam Morgan is the Managing Member of S W Morgan Fine Home Design LLC in South Jordan Utah. Sam began his career in the construction industry in the 1980's, building homes, as well as, commercial and government projects in Southern Oregon and Northern California. He spent 10 years as a Real Estate Developer of single and multi family homes as well as commercial properties in Utah prior to the Great Recession. As a self described "code junkie", you will often see him at code trainings, seminars, or just curled up with a "good" 902 page book at his desk.
David Pillsbury, CPBD, FAIBD
David Pillsbury is the Principal Designer for Keesee Associates, a Certified Professional Building Designer, a Certified Green Professional, and a Past President of the American Institute of Building Design. As an AIBD Leader, Pillsbury serves on several State and National committees. He has been a guest speaker at the National AIA Convention, the National AIBD Convention and other design venues.
Alan Abrams has a BS degree in history and fine art from Excelsior University. Abrams designed his first house, sketched on the flyleaf of Ken Kern's The Owner Built Home, and built it himself, in Los Luceros, New Mexico, in 1976. Over the years, he worked as a motorcycle mechanic, carpenter and electrician, construction superintendent, home builder, and remodeler. Abrams joined AIBD in 1997, and became certified that same year. He earned certification as a Passive House Consultant in 2011. He is now designed occasional remodeling projects, consulting for other designers on energy related issues, and serving on the National Council of Building Designer Certification.
College of Fellows Chancellor
Jannis Vann was inducted into the AIBD College of Fellows in 1996 and she is currently the AIBD College of Fellows Chancellor. With more than 30 years experience in the home design field, Jannis received numerous recognitions including the Design Competition Winner from AIBD National Design Competition, Regional AIBD Conferences, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, OBIE award, and more.
Steven Mickley, CPBD
Steve Mickley is the Executive Director of AIBD and a Certified Professional Building Designer. Prior to his current position, Steve most recently was the Managing Director of SGA Architecture in Palm Beach, FL and spent 10 years as owner of a residential design firm. Steve holds numerous awards, such as AIBD's President's Award and AIBD Designer of the Year. Steve’s many interests include skydiving where he broke a world record by successfully completing 52 skydives from an airplane within 11 hours and 15 minutes, each time packing his own parachute. Steve resides in Washington, DC and Florida.